4 Items of Worry for your Flight Back Home
Arriving in the U.S. from an international flight has gotten harder over the past few decades due to increased security and vigilance. Frisking the passenger and scanning their luggage is now a common phenomenon at both domestic and international airports. Plus, rules for both carry-on baggage and check-in luggage are now frequently updated, mostly with increased restrictions.
However, most Americans think these restrictions apply to a non-American passport-holder but that’s where they are wrong. There are certain things which you can’t bring back on your flight home regardless of your nationality. Let’s find out what they are:
• Liquid: For carry-on baggage, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requires that liquids be packed in containers of a maximum size of 3.4 ounces and be put in a one-quart plastic container. If the liquid concerned is alcohol, then it should follow the above standards and be inside an unbroken, original canister too.
• Alcohol: Understandably, there are restrictions on bringing back alcoholic drinks to the country, which apply to both carry-on and check-in luggage. The FAA doesn’t allow substances which have over 70% alcoholic composition inside the country. However, if the substance you are planning to bring to the U.S. has alcoholic content between 24% and 70%, you can safely land on American soil with not more than five liters in tow. Amazingly, the FAA has no rules and limits on substances which have lesser than 24% alcohol so you need not worry about that stuff.
• Foods and Produce: Meals served on airlines doesn’t suit all fliers which is why many people carry fresh fruits and snacks which they can consume during the journey. If you do so too, it is recommended you consume it in-flight because most fruits, vegetable, snacks, and meat brought from international borders are banned from entering the United States. Many plants and agricultural produce is also banned. Ergo, it will be beneficial for you to check the FAA’s website if you want more information on this topic. The reason behind this restriction is preventing the entry or introduction of foreign species of pests and diseases into the U.S.
• Gifts & Wrapped Items: The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officials at U.S. airports need to be able to see through scanning machines what’s inside your wrapped gift or other wrapped items. If the TSA can’t clearly identify the wrapped item, the item in question will most-certainly be unwrapped. An easy fix to this is carrying the gift item and wrapping supplies separately but if that isn’t possible, you should go for bringing gift bags to your homeland. Even the worth of items bought at the duty-free shops of the airport should not cross the monetary limit allotted to allowed personal gifts. Moreover, many Christmas-themed items such as garlands, chestnuts, and mistletoes, all have specific allowable restrictions. Holiday crackers are mostly banned. The correct way to approach this is contacting your origin and connecting airlines and reading about the concerned FAA rules.
When traveling to the U.S. with any of the above-listed items, we recommend you check the FAA website for banned baggage as prevention is better than cure. Additionally, if you are taking a long-haul flight to the U.S., it will serve you well to know how to make it super fun.
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